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21 - We Talk Take Ivy with W. David Marx
While on a road trip through New England in the summer of 1965, eight Japanese men unwittingly created some of the most influential images of late 2000s menswear. We're talking about Take Ivy, a cultural sensation that's become the de facto document of the 1960s prep look. And we're talking with the person who wrote the book on the intersection of Japanese and American fashion, W. David Marx, author of Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style. Learn about how teens wearing blazers scandalized Japan's image for the 1964 Olympics, how the name Take Ivy is a Japanese Dave Brubeck pun, and that chatting is a legitimate form of warming up. If you want to follow along, check out the English translation of the book or have a look at scans of the first 30 pages that the publisher has generously put online. As always, you can support Blowout by visiting the Heddels Shop, get a 10% discount on your order with the code BLOWOUT.Image via Fujingahosha Publishing.
Jan 6
1 hr 7 min
20 - A Very Blowout 2020 Year in Review
This was quite the year for a variety of reasons. And what better way to reflect upon it than to count down the most read articles on a pants website? Reed and David are joined by Heddels Features Editor James Smith to run down our top hits (not necessarily greatest, but top) this year and look forward to what may be yet to come. This episode is brought to you by the Heddels Shop, listeners get 10% off with the code BLOWOUT. Also, if you like what we're doing, please leave us a review on Apple podcasts, just keep scrolling and hit the stars! Also here are those top articles if you'd care to read them: heddels.com/2020/03/how-to-make-a-diy-face-mask-out-of-a-t-shirt/ heddels.com/2020/02/ralphs-roster-the-many-faces-of-ralph-lauren/ heddels.com/2020/01/the-rough-history-of-biker-cuts/ heddels.com/2020/06/rakuten-global-can-we-still-order-outside-of-japan/ heddels.com/2020/01/the-different-types-of-shoelaces/ heddels.com/2020/02/colors-shell-cordovan-rainbow/ heddels.com/2020/05/the-harsh-reality-of-the-paycheck-protection-program/ heddels.com/2020/05/introducing-vidalia-mills-bringing-back-american-selvedge/ heddels.com/2020/03/vibram-numbers-classic-rubber-soles/ heddels.com/2020/01/does-cotton-kill-the-moisture-wicking-properties-of-various-fabrics/ heddels.com/2020/03/teacore-leather-whats-it-all-about/ heddels.com/2020/01/tyrolean-shoes-thick-and-stitched/ heddels.com/2020/03/how-to-do-your-laundry-without-a-washing-machine/
Dec 31, 2020
52 min
19 - The Secret Life of Zippers with John Gluckow
Like the light switch and the steering wheel, zippers are one of those things that we interact with so much they just seem like perpetual fixtures of everyday life. The story of the humble zipper, however, is one of continuous failure unending iteration to bring us the cheap and easy thing we enjoy today. Designer, vintage dealer, and zipper enthusiast John Gluckow takes us through the history of the zipper from a chain link hook and eye fastener to high end riri zips. You can find John on Instagram, both at Strongarm Clothing & Supply and at John Gluckow Ancient & Modern. Check out the article on heddels.com to see examples from John's extensive zipper collection. If you want to learn more about zippers, check out the book Zipper Gear by Aota Mituhiro. This episode is brought to you by the Heddels Shop, listeners get 10% off with the code BLOWOUT. Be sure to check out our new Surf n Turf wallets.
Dec 17, 2020
57 min
18 - Denim History pt. 8; JEANS AT WAR!
DATELINE DEC 14, 2020:  JEANS GO TO WAR! As the United States exited the Great Depression, the world had to contend with a few other new powers flexing their military might on a global stage. And America did so in denim! This episode, Reed and David explain the different military and domestic applications our fabric had during WWII and how wartime rationing would change the look and feel of jeans forever. If you'd like to support the show, head over to make a purchase at the Heddels Shop. Get 10% off your order with the code BLOWOUT. Be sure to check out our new Surf n Turf wallets! If you have any questions you’d like us to answer, topics to cover, or people to talk to, email us at blowout@heddels.com. Also help us out by dropping a review.
Dec 13, 2020
30 min
17 - Navy SEALs Wore Jeans in Vietnam with Chris Danforth
When stalking the jungles of Vietnam, many of the elite US Navy SEALs didn't sport their standard issue camo, but rather opted for Levi's 501 and 505 denim jeans instead. We're talking with Chris Danforth, a writer and researcher who investigated this story and spoke to some of the SEALs who wore jeans on their night raids for its utility on the battlefield. Hear all about how they customized their kit and avoided leeches in their urethras and more on this episode. If you'd like to support the show, head over to make a purchase at the Heddels Shop. Get 10% off your order with the code BLOWOUT. If you have any questions you’d like us to answer, topics to cover, or people to talk to, email us at blowout@heddels.com. Also help us out by dropping a review!
Dec 10, 2020
25 min
16 - Denim History pt. 7; Jeans End the Great Depression
Denim soldiers forward through one of the darkest times in recent American history, the Great Depression. Reed and David explore the denim histories of both the Dust Bowl migrants and the young men of the Civilian Conservation Corps, whose denim uniforms built much of the infrastructure we still enjoy today. Hear about all that and more in part 7 of our ongoing podcast series. If you'd like to support the show, head over to make a purchase at the Heddels Shop. Get 10% off your order with the code BLOWOUT. If you have any questions you’d like us to answer, topics to cover, or people to talk to, email us at blowout@heddels.com. Also help us out by dropping a review!
Dec 6, 2020
39 min
15 - Harley-Davidson vs. Japan with Eric Kvatek
This week we're on with renowned photographer and former vintage dealer / cigarette security guard Eric Kvatek. After getting an initial lucky break, Eric has shot for everyone from 45rpm, Strongarm, Battenwear, W'menswear, Holubar, Heddels, and most notably all the books for Japanese brand Kapital. One of his passions from his collecting days is printed t-shirts, specifically Harley-Davidson t-shirts from their xenophobic anti-Japan era of the 1970s and 80s. As the US manufacturing economy waned and thousands of blue collar Americans were out of work, Harley lashed out with a series of both authorized and bootleg t-shirts aimed at their Japanese competitors and the Japanese people in general. Eric and David talk through the story of how these shirts came into existence and the violent effect they had on Asian-Americans, including Chinese-American Vincent Chin who was beaten to death by white Chrysler auto workers. To view examples of these shirts from Eric's collection, check out the article on heddels.com. You can also follow Eric on Instagram @eric_kvatek or visit his website kvatek.com. As always, you can get a 10% discount at the Heddels Shop with code BLOWOUT including a recent restocks of Teamster Tees.
Nov 29, 2020
1 hr 16 min
14 - Denim History pt. 6; The Cowboy Episode
Saddle up, partner! We're here to talk about how the image of the cowboy is a manufactured piece of myth-making that helped spread denim pants all across these United States. In part 6 of our denim history marathon, Reed and David discuss the origins of the actual cowboys in the tradition of Mexican vaqueros and how that morphed into denim clad gunslingers on the silver screen. Listen in for all that and more on this week's episode. As always, listeners get 10% off at the Heddels Shop with the code BLOWOUT. If you have any questions you’d like us to answer, topics to cover, or people to talk to, email us at blowout@heddels.com. Also help us out by dropping a review!
Nov 22, 2020
50 min
13 - Denim History pt. 5; The Rise of the Big Three
As the rivet cold war subsided out west, blue jeans went national. We dig into the effects rail connectivity had on the expansion of jeans eastward and how certain companies began dividing up the map into regional territories, establishing the modern day "Big Three" of Levi's, Lee, and Wrangler/Blue Bell. Listen in for all that and more on this week's episode. As always, listeners get 10% off at the Heddels Shop with the code BLOWOUT. If you have any questions you’d like us to answer, topics to cover, or people to talk to, email us at blowout@heddels.com. Also help us out by dropping a review!
Nov 15, 2020
31 min
12 - Denim History pt. 4; The 17 Year Rivet War
We're back in 1870s San Francisco and Reed and David are exploring the fallout of Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis's exclusive patent to put rivets on pants, creating the first iteration of what we know as jeans today. The resulting  period kicked off an arms race of competing brands trying to make their own inventions to compete with the patent-protected riveted Levi's pants. If you'd like to learn more, much of the reference for this episode is from Michael Allen Harris's phenomenal book Jeans of the Old West. If you'd like to support the work we're doing, check out the Heddels Shop where we have a new selection of Teamster Tees in Black and Grey. As always, listeners get 10% off with the code BLOWOUT.
Nov 8, 2020
34 min
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